Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 11, 2011

U-M Naval ROTC midshipmen Seth Fireman (left) and Sam Dodge jog along Geddes Avenue during a lap of the fourth annual Navy/Marines Birthday Run. Members of the NROTC ran 236 one-mile laps around Central Campus between Wednesday afternoon and this morning — one lap for each year the U.S. Marine Corps has existed. The run was part of the university's celebration of its student, faculty and staff veterans. Today is Veterans Day. Click here for more related activities. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

U-M letter to state senators outlines importance of domestic partner benefits
Top university officials have detailed the importance of providing medical benefits for all members of the university community in a letter asking state senators to oppose legislation that would prohibit public employers from providing benefits to domestic partners.

First statewide network for university-business engagement to launch
U-M and UM-Dearborn are part of a collaboration involving Michigan's six leading research universities that creates the Michigan Corporate Relations Network, the first statewide university network in the country to provide such a critical tool for business growth and attraction.

University website promotes green computing practices
A new Sustainable Computing website offers practical tips, advice and resources to campus computing members that can be used at work, school or home. The site is part of the Planet Blue Sustainable Computing project. Its mission is to improve computing efficiency, promote green computing and IT practices, and encourage awareness that results in a sustainable computing lifestyle.

U-M physician testifies at Senate hearing on health care costs
Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, professor of internal medicine and health management and policy, and one of the creators of a concept called "Value-Based Insurance Design," testified Thursday at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on how best to reduce costs and increase the quality of health care delivery.

The Michigan Difference

Bird in the hand
Brother and sister duo Andy and Emily Linn were appalled by Detroit's negative reputation, and wanted to contribute to the vibrancy, activity and rebirth of their home city. That’s why the two U-M graduates opened City Bird, which not only sells Detroit-themed merchandise but also helps Detroit-based artists display their work.